If you are just starting out learning Spanish, you might notice that verbs in Spanish work very differently than they do in English. In this lesson, we’ll cover some of the big differences between the English and Spanish verb systems and explain why the Spanish verb system can be such a challenge to native English speakers.
In both English and Spanish, verbs have multiple verb forms. A verb form is a variation in a verb’s spelling that helps to change its meaning. The process of making these changes is called conjugation. For example, these are the simple forms, or conjugations, of the English verb walk:
We can use these forms in different contexts to talk about the past, the present, and the future. Check it out:
We use these same forms with other words to convey more information:
And we even use the same forms when talking about other people:
Some English verbs have bigger spelling changes (for example: eat-ate; break-broke). But there just aren’t that many verb form variations in English–usually only about 4 or 5 per verb.
The Spanish verb system, on the other hand, has lots of forms for each verb. A single Spanish verb can have over 40 different forms!
Every. Single. One. For every. Single. Verb.
Does it seem overwhelming? You’re not the only one who thinks so! Our research suggests that learning verb conjugations is one area where Spanish learners tend to struggle the most.
But fear not! While it may seem like a daunting task to memorize all these forms and how to use them, VerbMaster is here to help. In the Spanish Verbs Crash Course, you’ll learn patterns that are built into the Spanish verb system that make the memorization process easier for both forming verbs and using them in the right contexts.
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Up next, we’ll get started with some basics about how verbs work in Spanish.
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